Figuring Jerusalem : politics and poetics in the sacred center (Book, 2022) [WorldCat.org]
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Figuring Jerusalem : politics and poetics in the sacred center

Author: Sidra DeKoven Ezrahi
Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2022. ©2022
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"For two thousand years, Hebrew writers imagined Jerusalem from a distance and used exile as a license for invention. The question at the heart of Figuring Jerusalem is this: how did these writers bring their imagination "home" in the Zionist century? Sidra DeKoven Ezrahi, one of our leading scholars of modern Jewish literature, explores the perils of this newly acquired proximity to a people's sacred and inherited  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Sidra DeKoven Ezrahi
ISBN: 9780226787329 022678732X 9780226787466 022678746X
OCLC Number: 1263246804
Description: 321 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: List of Illustrations Prologue Why Jerusalem? The Politics of Poetry Introduction "This House, which is called by My Name" Part 1 Literary Archaeologies 1 "Yes, you did laugh!": The Secret of the Akeda 2 "You are as majestic as Jerusalem": The Song and the City 3 "Apples of gold in ornaments of silver": Maimonides's Guide to the Poetic Imagination Part 2 Agnon's Dilemma 4 "What may this be likened to?": Agnon and the Poetics of Space 5 "Every day I have regretted not having stood in the breach": Agnon in Jerusalem Part 3 Amichai in the Breach 6 "He comes out of a swimming pool or the sea . . . and he laughs and blesses": Yehuda Amichai, Poet of the Sacred Quotidian 7 "Visit my tears and the east wind, which is the true Western Wall": Amichai in Jerusalem Coda Acknowledgments: Ancient Debts and Ongoing Gratitude Notes Bibliography Index
Responsibility: Sidra DeKoven Ezrahi.

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"For two thousand years, Hebrew writers imagined Jerusalem from a distance and used exile as a license for invention. The question at the heart of Figuring Jerusalem is this: how did these writers bring their imagination "home" in the Zionist century? Sidra DeKoven Ezrahi, one of our leading scholars of modern Jewish literature, explores the perils of this newly acquired proximity to a people's sacred and inherited resources. Ezrahi finds that the same diasporic procedures-cultic, ethical, and aesthetic-that Hebrew writers practiced in exile were maintained throughout the first half of the twentieth century, even in proximity to the Temple Mount, while Jerusalem was under the successive control of the Ottomans, the British, and then the Jordanians. After 1948, when the state of Israel was founded but East Jerusalem and its holy sites remained under Arab control, Jerusalem continued to figure in the Hebrew imagination as mediated space. But after 1967, all this changed. Over the next half century, the claim to exclusive sovereignty reignited a messianic fervor that had been suppressed in Hebrew culture for two millennia. The temptations and dilemmas of proximity to the sacred would become acute in every area of Hebrew politics and culture. Figuring Jerusalem ranges from classical texts, biblical and medieval, to the post-1967 writings of work of S. Y. Agnon, and the uncrowned poet laureate of Jerusalem, Yehuda Amichai. Ezrahi shows, ultimately, that the wisdom Jews acquired through two thousand years of wandering and exile, as inscribed in their literary imagination, must be rediscovered if the diverse inhabitants of this City are not to slaughter each other once again in the name of an exclusive and vengeful God"--

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"Figuring Jerusalem, Sidra DeKoven Ezrahi's most far-ranging and ambitious book, is a morally bracing and politically urgent argument against spatially literalizing the sacred in Jerusalem. Instead, Read more...

 
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